Canadian 3D-robotics supply chain company Attabotics raises $50M Series C round

Canadian 3D-robotics supply chain company Attabotics, has raised $50 million in a Series C funding round.

University of Minnesota: Engineers 3D-print sensors onto organs

A technique developed by University of Minnesota researchers allows 3D printing of hydrogel-based sensors directly on the surface of organs, such as lungs—even as they expand and contract.

Georgia Tech: Slow robots called Slothbots can linger in the environment for long times

Robotics engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have built a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot, called (what else?) the Slothbot. 

Qualcomm launches 5G and AI-enabled robotics platform

Qualcomm has unveiled its Robotics RB5 platform, which the company says is the world's first 5G and AI-enabled robotics platform.

Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot dog now available for $74,500– IEEE Spectrum

For the price of a luxury car, you can now get a very smart, very capable, very yellow robotic dog, writes Evan Ackerman. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/boston-dynamics-spot-robot-dog-now-available

IBM working on autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean

IBM has joined a global consortium of partners, led by marine research organization ProMare, that are building an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage in September 2020.

Simbe raises $26M

Simbe Robotics as raised a Series A funding round. 

Briggo ropes in Foxconn to make robotic baristas

Austin-based Briggo, creators of a robotic barista, have inked an agreement with Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii), to produce Briggo's autonomous Coffee Hauses. 

Boston Dynamics’ robots are preparing to leave the lab — Is the world ready?...

Boston Dynamics now faces its biggest challenge yet: turning its stable of robots into an actual business, writes James Vincent. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/17/20697540/boston-dynamics-robots-commercial-real-world-business-spot-on-sale

The second coming of the robot pet — Wired

Robotics startups are rolling out more and more companion bots, designed for the sole purpose of friendship, writes Arielle Pardes. Here is the link: https://www.wired.com/story/the-second-coming-of-the-robot-pet/

Augean Robotics raises $1.5M

Augean Robotics has raised a $1.5 million seed funding round.

Flir acquires Endeavor Robotics for $385 million

Flir Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Endeavor Robotics from Arlington Capital Partners for $385 million in cash.

Four-legged walking robot is smaller than an ant’s face – IEEE Spectrum

The microrobot measures 2.5 mm x 1.6 mm x 0.7 mm, writes Evan Ackerman. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/four-legged-walking-robot-is-smaller-than-an-ants-face

SoftBank alumni launches robot companion designed to love humans — CNBC

Groove X, founded by an ex-SoftBank employee, has opened pre-orders for its robot pet “Lovot", writes Chloe Taylor. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/18/softbank-alumni-launches-robot-companion-designed-to-love-humans.html

Kroger launches unmanned delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ

Kroger is launching an unmanned delivery service, available to the general public (to the general public in Scottsdale, Arizona, only for now; but nonetheless), in association with Nuro, a...